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Community Dental Health Coordinator Program Coming to Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health

WASHINGTON -- The American Dental Association today announced the opening of a fourth education and training site for students in its Community Dental Health Coordinator (CDHC) Pilot Project.

Can music make your pediatric patients sick?

CHICAGO, March 14, 2011 - Research has shown that playing a musical instrument can help nourish, cultivate, and increase intelligence in children, but playing a used instrument also can pose a potentially dangerous health risk.

Women urged to visit their dentist more regularly after menopause

According to the findings of a study carried out by researchers at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and the Cleveland Clinic, attending a routine check-up every six months is not enough for postmenopausal women.

2011 Sedation Dentist of the Year Announced

Marking the end of the third annual Sedation Safety Week, DOCS Education has announced Dr. Jeff Gray, DDS, as the 2011 Sedation Dentist of the Year.

The Dental Patient’s Role in Safe Sedation Dentistry

The fourth day of Sedation Safety Week focuses on how you should advise your patient to aid you in practicing safe sedation dentistry. When using sedation, the patient is often anxious.

Emergency Preparedness—A quick review

As mentioned in Monday’s” 7-Step Sedation Dentistry Safety Checklist,” emergency preparedness is a critical part of sedation dentistry safety. The following are a few aspects of emergency preparedness that are important to remember.

Follow-up: Nine veterans test positive for Hepatitis in dentist investigation

DAYTON, Ohio — Officials at a Veterans Administration hospital in southwest Ohio say nine patients have tested positive for hepatitis in preliminary screenings...read more.

Nitrous oxide with a single-dose sedative: Consider this effective, affordable option

The nitrous oxide and single-dose sedative option offers patients an affordable alternative to more complicated sedation packages...read more.

ADA Focuses on Children and "Underserved" Population

The American Dental Association today released the first in a series of papers examining the challenges and solutions to bringing good oral health to the millions of Americans—including as many as one-quarter of the nation's children—who lack access to dental care...read more.

Mobile dental clinic brings care to poor children in honor of 12-year-old victim

The Deamonte Driver Dental Van, a mobile dental clinic named for the 12-year-old who died from an infected tooth, made its first stop at the Foundation School in Largo on Nov. 11, 2010.

Miley Cyrus, America’s favorite child-actor-turned-twerking-demon has been extremely productive lately: swinging naked from a wrecking ball in her new music video, wearing a bodysuit made out of a teddy bear, and reminding the world, “why yes, I was absolutely born with a tongue.” The pop star has been photographed numerous times with her trademark wide-eyed, tongue-cocked pose and people are talking. “She’s out of control! Where are her parents! Where can I get that teddy bear unitard?”
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If you’re a rapper (I’m looking at you, Flavor Flav), then you’re already well aware of the aesthetic benefits that diamonds can have for your million-watt smile. If you’re a dentist, you might be interested in the relationship between diamonds and teeth for reasons other than what style of grillz to buy this year.
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A DOCS Education member asks: My first teen sedation patient will be coming into the office in a few days and I have a couple of questions I hope you can answer for me. The patient is a 14 year-old female weighing 106 lbs, taking no medications and has an unremarkable medical history. Her main complaint is anxiety of shots from a previous dental experience. Her treatment will consist of #18-0, #19-O and #31-O composites. I plan on using Teen Protocol 2.
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The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but your mouth tells a story—and paying attention to that story may be the key to understanding more about human health.
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Have you considered becoming a DOCS Education Fellow or Diplomate? You haven't? Well, I'm here, at great personal risk, to share top secret, insider information that will hopefully change your mind. If it came to the attention of the powers that be at DOCS Education that I've leaked these secrets, they surely would put me in the stocks. So please, gentle reader, listen carefully. The benefits of becoming a DOCS Education Fellow or Diplomate are many, and the glory it will bring to your kingdom…uh, practice will be enduring and splendiferous.
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A member of DOCS Education poses a simple question to the forums: What are your thoughts on capnography for moderate oral conscious sedation cases? Is anybody on the forums doing this currently?
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